Is It Okay If Your Partner’s Parents Don’t Like You?

Is It Okay If Your Partner’s Parents Don’t Like You?


AUGUST 15, 2018, 9:30 AM


Crazy Rich Asians might be about a group of people so wealthy that they can afford to drop millions on a pair of earrings without thinking about it, but the story at the center is pretty relatable: Girl meets boy, they fall in love, girl goes to meet boy's family who are — shall we say — less than receptive to her.

It might make for a lot of tension if your partner's parents don't like you, but psychotherapist and dating coach Kate Stewartsays it doesn't necessarily spell the end of your relationship. The way that it affects your relationship, however, will depend a lot on how your partner feels about their family.

"It definitely can matter if someone is very enmeshed or fused with their families," she says. "If someone is really intent on making their family happy and following in their family’s footsteps and doing what’s expected of them, it is kind of the kiss of death."

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But, if your partner isn't easily swayed by their parents opinions and can look past that, Stewart says, your relationship can definitely continue, but keep in mind that things can change later on.

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